A collection of six wonderfully quirky detective stories, featuring the 'mystic' former judge Basil Grant. Each story reveals a practitioner of an entirely new profession, and member of the Club of Queer Trades. (Summary by David Barnes)
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December 12, 2011 Subject:
Up and Down
The quality of these stories varies widely. I was entertained by the first two, and would recommend them. I'm afraid not all are their equal. When, within a story, the narrator comments (accurately) on the boring nature of another character, and then said character is allowed to go on boring the reader/listener for minutes more, I lose interest and tune out. And when what seems to be a collection of clever mystery/adventure stories turns into a philosophical exercise of repetetitive refrain, I have to wonder exactly why the author - who was perfectly capable of writing a good yarn - chose to do so.
May 14, 2009 Subject:
This is an anti-Sherlock Holmes collection of detective stories. The Honorable Justice Basil Grant is everything that Holms is not, good humored, intuitive, and compassionate and more than a bit nutty. It is quite witty. It is riddled with perceptive criticism and observations about modern life which I found very relevant even today although it was written more than a century ago. I would say it is good not great. The main fault lies in the predictability of the stories which is inevitable given the central conceit of the collection. So to that extent it does not work so well as a mystery. But as parody, humor, wit and social criticism it excels.
February 22, 2009 Subject:
July 19, 2008 Subject:
The Club of Queer Trades
This may start off a little slow, but it is well worth staying with and listening to all of the stories. They all seem to have a twist which reminded me of the title.
May 11, 2008 Subject:
A lively recording
In "The Club of Queer Trades" the detective, Rupert Grant, is a Sherlock Holmes-like private eye who investigates crimes and chases crooks with great self-assuredness in his powers of deduction. But he is always wrong. The hero of these stories is not Rupert, but his older brother, Basil Grant, a retired judge. In each case, Basil proves to Rupert hat there has been no crime and no crooks!
The stories are funny and entertaining and they are very well read by David Barnes. Many thanks for this excellent performance.
April 25, 2008 Subject:
Great stories and a fine reader!
A series of short story gems with a single theme. Excellent reading! Thank you, David. (TheBookworm, Manchester, UK).